7th September 1909
Reference Numbert19090907-74
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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WOOD, Jack (26, labourer) ; stealing one box, £2 16s., and other articles, the goods and money of William Stratton; one purse and 4s. 6d., the goods and moneys of Margaret Sarah Badham; and two chains and other articles, the goods of Thomas Hunt.

Mr. Samuel prosecuted.

SARAH STRATTON , 2, Wyran Street, Putney. I remember prisoner calling on August 3. He asked for a bed-sitting-room for himself and friend. I took him upstairs and showed him the room; he asked if I would get it ready in the afternoon. I said, "Well, that is rather quick, but if you will come downstairs I will speak it over with my mother." On the way down he asked where the lavatory was. I showed him, and he asked permission to go. I went down a few stairs, then suddenly thought of something I had left in my bedroom. I ran back quickly and caught him coming out of my bedroom. I asked him why he went there. He said, "That is all right," he had adjusted a bandage to his wounded leg. I went to see if he had taken anything; in the meanwhile leg. I ran downstairs quickly and followed him for about an hour. He was caught by two young men. I identify the property. The lavatory is four stairs down from the bedroom.

EDWARD MARSDEN , 185, Earlsfield Road, Putney. On August 3 I aw prisoner come out of No. 2, Wyran Street, followed by a lady. Another lady came out of the house and said prisoner had stolen her daughter's money, would I mind following him. I gave chase. I followed him till he got to the towing-path. He was too far in front of me and, seeing a man with a bicycle, I asked him to lend it to me. I then pursued prisoner as far as the Banelagh Club. Then he pulled out a razor and flourished it. I stood by till somebody came to help me. He said he would do for me. When the other man came to help me prisoner said to him if he would knock me down he would share the spoils with him. He did hand the money to him, and the other man helped me to arrest him afterwards.

PRISONER said he wanted the doctor called from the asylum in which he had been.

Dr. H. G. HILL, medical superintendent, Middlesex County Asylum, Upper Tooting. I cannot say whether. prisoner is the man who was in our asylum in the name of Henry George Bunce, from Member, 1897, to May, 1899. That was a boy 14. He was considered very backward and somewhat feeble-minded. He very much improved, and was discharged after repeated applications by his parents.

SIDNET REGINALD DYER , medical officer, of Brixton Prison. I have had prisoner under observation about three weeks. I have not been able to discover any symptoms of insanity. He has behaved and talked quite rationally and sensibly.

In reply to the Judge, prisoner said he knew nothing about the matter with which he was charged.

Verdict, Guilty.

Warder TUCKIY, Wormwood Scrubs Prison, proved several convictions.

Sentence, 12 months' hard labour.

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